Friends watch as man falls to his death taking selfie at tourist hot spot


Friends watched on in horror as a man plunged to his death after attempting to take a selfie at a popular Australian tourist site.

The international student, said to be in his 20s, was “mucking around” with his friends when he fell 130-feet onto rocks at Western Australia’s notorious tourist hot spot, The Gap. He was then swept out to sea.

“We were new here, we don’t know about that, they had just gone taking pictures,” the man’s friend, Sahil Khenchi, told the Australian Broadcasting Company.

“We just can’t explain, he was one of our friends,” he said.

“We were studying in the same college. He was a very good man.”

At around 2:30 p.m. friends saw him fall over the edge, hitting a number of rocks along the way. He landed and hit a rock at the bottom of the cliff.

A witness called triple-0 — Australia’s version of 911 — and said the man looked like he was unconscious after the fall.

Moments later a wave swept through the base and took the man’s body out into the ocean.

“I had to stop his friends from jumping in after him and going over the edge,” the witness told PerthNow.

Authorities began their search for the body shortly thereafter. The man was found floating in the water at approximately 3:15 p.m. The body was retrieved at just before 4 p.m.

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